How to Make Starbucks Coffee: 12 Steps (with Pictures)

How to Make Starbucks Coffee: 12 Steps (with Pictures)

7 Facts About Coffee You Probably Didn’t Know
7 Facts About Coffee You Probably Didn’t Know

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Have you ever wanted to make wonderful coffee taste just like Starbucks? All you need are ingredients you probably already have around your kitchen. Just follow these simple steps and you’ll think you were in the house of the green siren herself.


Beginning With Starbucks’ Four Fundamentals

  1. 1Use the right proportion of coffee to water. At Starbucks, they use two tablespoons, or 10 grams (0.35 oz), of ground coffee for each six ounces of water.
    • A member of Starbucks’ Coffee Education Team says that “Too few coffee grounds result in over-extracted or bitter coffee. Too many grounds result in under-extracted coffee that does not achieve the full flavor of the blend.”[1] X Research source
  2. 2Choose a good grind method. This step implies that you are, in fact, grinding your coffee. If you want to make your brew taste just like Starbucks, don’t buy pre-ground coffee. Grind it yourself just before brewing for optimum freshness.[2] X Research source
    • Depending on your brew method (see part 2) you will need a different level of coarseness for your brew. Pour-over brewing requires a fine grind (like granulated sugar), traditional drip coffee is best with a medium grind (like sea salt) and coffee presses require a coarse grind.[3] X Research source
    • Over-extracted coffee tends to taste considerably worse than coarser, under-extracted coffee, so when in doubt go for an under-extracted (coarse) grind.[4] X Research source
    • To make it taste like Starbucks coffee, you might want to use the blends available for purchase at Starbucks franchises.


  3. 3Use quality water. This may seem like a silly point. Water is just water, right? Wrong. To make Starbucks-quality coffee, always use fresh water, filtered of impurities. Additionally, be sure to heat the water to “just off boil,” i.e. between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit (90 to 96 degrees celsius).[5] X Research source
  4. 4Use fresh coffee. As alluded to in Step 3, it’s important to use fresh coffee. This means grinding it yourself immediately prior to brewing, but also keeping your beans in an airtight container.
    • Be sure not to keep your coffee in refrigerator or freezer, even in airtight containers. Another Starbucks’ coffee educator says these two appliances are ““not the friend, but rather the enemy of good coffee.” This is because while being stored in refrigerators and freezers, moisture develops which damages the flavor. [6] X Research source
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Choosing a Brew Method

  1. 1Select the brewing method that works for you. Now that you’re following Starbucks’ Four Fundamentals of brewing, it’s time to select a brewing method. There are three general methods Starbucks uses (technically four, but two of them are just versions of the same thing). These are: coffee press, traditional drip coffee, and pour over (which can be either hot or iced).[7] X Research source
  2. 2Use a coffee press. Coffee press is the method of brewing most strongly advocated by coffee connoisseurs, as it is believed to be the most effective at staying true to the flavor profile of the beans.
    • A coffee press requires a coarse grind, so be sure your grounds resemble the size of sea salt.
    • Fill the press with your grounds, then pour hot water (just off the boil) over the grounds, making sure to completely saturate them.
    • Place the plunger back on the press but wait four minutes before pressing it down, giving the coffee time to brew. After you’ve pressed the plunger down, enjoy your coffee![8] X Research source
  3. 3Use a traditional drip coffeemaker. Drip brewing is perhaps the most convenient method of brewing. You can make multiple cups of coffee in a single brew, and you can do it fast. With the right grind, quality of beans, and pure, fresh water, you can make a brew that rivals that of a coffee press.
    • For flat-bottom filters be sure to use a medium-sized grind, like the sea salt grind used for a coffee press. Meanwhile, cone-shaped filters are best with a finer grind, like granulated sugar.
    • After you’ve got your grind right, just measure out your coffee (2 tablespoons for every six ounces of water) and press “Brew” on the machine!
    • While the convenience is tempting, if you want Starbucks-quality coffee every time, only make however much coffee you need for one sitting. Don’t reheat coffee or you will dull the flavor.[9] X Research source
  4. 4Use a pour-over method. Another, perhaps lesser-known but equally satisfying, method Starbucks uses is the pour-over, which can be either hot or iced. With the pour-over, you can only make a single cup of coffee, but it will be wonderful.
    • Boil your water, remembering the 2:6 ration from above, but adding a little extra. Use this extra hot water to moisten your filter.
    • Once you’ve boiled your water and pre-moistened your filter, grind your coffee using a fine grind, like that used in cone-shaped filters. It should resemble granulated sugar.
    • Once you’ve got your coffee measured out and sitting in your filter, pour your hot water over the grounds, but pause when you’ve filled it half-way. This allows the coffee to be fully and even saturated, developing flavor.
    • After your pause, pour over the rest, going in small circles to distribute the water evenly. It should take about three minutes for your cup to be finished brewing.
    • To make iced coffee, just pour your brew over fresh ice, let it chill, and serve![10] X Research source
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Serving Your Cup

  1. 1Pour the brewed coffee. Now that you’ve brewed your coffee according to Starbucks’ Four Fundamentals and used one of their brewing methods, pour your cup! You can pour it into mug or, for a true Starbucks experience, get some of their paper cups and sleeves and misspell your name on the cup.
  2. 2Flavor your cup. Depending on your tastes, add a shot of flavored syrup and/or artificial or natural sweetener to the coffee and stir. If you really want to re-create the Starbucks experience, snag a few packets of your favorite sweetening products the next time you’re at a Starbucks and use it in your cup at home!
    • Or perhaps you’re a hardy soul and take your coffee black? If so, you’re done!
  3. 3Add a bit of milk or other creamer and stir some more. You can gauge how much creamer you are adding by looking at how light the coffee gets.
    • There really is no “right” way to do this, since this part of making a Starbucks coffee is always up to you, whether it was brewed by a barista or your own hands.
  4. 4Wait for it to cool a little and enjoy!

Community Q&A

  • QuestionI have the Keurig coffeemaker, so how do I get the perfect cup of coffee that tastes like Starbucks?Community AnswerYou can purchase the Starbucks brand Keurig cups in most grocery stores. You can also purchase a reusable Keurig filter and grind your Starbucks beans to add to the filter if you’d like a fresher (and stronger) cup.
  • QuestionWhat time should I go to bed?Community AnswerYou should find out how much sleep you need at your age. Then you can use your wake up time to help you figure out what time you should go to bed. For example, if you need 9 hours of sleep, and you wake up at 6:00 a.m, then you should be in bed by 9:00 p.m. But it is always best to go to bed as early as possible, because it will make you fresh in the morning, and you will have reduced bags underneath your eyes, which doesn’t make you appear as tired.
  • QuestionDoes Starbucks ever use the espresso technique?Community AnswerYes, they do.
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  • For more specialty drinks, you will need to do more in order to make your espressos, mocha lattes, and so on, taste just like Starbucks.⧼thumbs_response⧽
  • Only make as much as will be consumed in one sitting. Don’t reheat your coffee.⧼thumbs_response⧽

Things You’ll Need

  • Fresh coffee grounds
  • Fresh water
  • A coffee grinder
  • Either a coffee press, drip coffee maker, or pour-over maker
  • Coffee filters
  • Sweetener and creamer
  • Coffee cup


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About This Article

If you want to make Starbucks coffee, use 2 tablespoons of ground coffee for each 6 ounces of water. Grind whole Starbucks coffee beans just before brewing for the freshest flavor, or purchase a Starbucks blend that’s already ground. Use filtered water heated to 195 to 205 °F, then brew your coffee in a press, a traditional drip coffee maker, or by pouring the hot water over very fine coffee grounds through a cone-shaped filter, all of which are methods used by Starbucks. For more tips, including how to serve your Starbucks cup just like they would in the store, read on!

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